After a very traditional first day in Nashville, my brother in law had the fun idea to do something not super traditional, a tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern. Nashville Pedal Tavern is basically a big bar on wheels where everybody pedals together to make the bike move from bar to bar.
Nashville Pedal Tavern Tour Options
Besides country music, Nashville is also known for having quite a good bar scene, which is why it’s becoming one of the bachelorette capitals of the United States. When most people think of Nashville, they usually think of Broadway, the big stretch of honkytonks and bars in the middle of downtown Nashville. What most people might not know is that there are actually multiple bar areas to explore in Nashville, and Nashville Pedal Tavern gives you the opportunity to explore them all.
We opted to explore the Midtown Route, which takes you to where all the locals go, but there’s also the option to explore Broadway and even a brewery route. There’s even an option to explore Broadway in the height of the activity, the night time! We saw them pass by one night when we were on Broadway and it looked like they were having a blast!
Booking A Tour With Nashville Pedal Tavern
I would suggest booking your tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern as quickly as possible because the tour times go very quickly! We originally wanted to do our tour on Saturday afternoon, but we had to change our plans to Friday because there weren’t any times available on Saturday.
Your confirmation will tell you to meet up about 15 minutes before tour starts, and you want to try and meet that deadline because you have to sign a waiver before starting the tour. Just think, typically bikes and drunk people do not mix, so they want to have their butts covered. We literally got stopped by a train for a good 10 minutes on our way to catch our tour and had to quickly sign our lives away before running to catch our bike. Don’t worry though, if you are running super late because of a crazy long train, you can always catch up with your bike at their first stop.
The Rules With Nashville Pedal Tavern
Once you’ve signed your life away, it’s now time to meet everyone that’s joining you on your bar scene tour. We started off our tour introducing ourselves to the two other groups on our tour, a bachelorette party and a group of girlfriends on a getaway together, and our tour guide/bar tender Niko.
After our introductions, Niko filled up our cups with the drinks that we brought (you’re allowed to bring as much or as little alcohol as you want on the tour as long as it’s not in a glass container), gave us the rules while we’re on our tour (no standing up, and pretty much to repeat commands after him), and the drinking game rules (pretty much anytime anybody does anything while you’re on the Pedal Tavern you should drink).
What To Expect With Nashville Pedal Tavern
Once we finished going through all the rules, we all had our drinks, the music was playing, Niko hopped in the driver’s seat and yelled “PEDAL”, we all yelled “PEDAL” back, and we were on our way! I have to admit, it was definitely a workout to pedal on the pedal tavern, but we had a blast singing along with the music and drinking our beers while pedaling to our first bar.
During our tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern, we stopped at three different bars which all offered drink specials, and some even offered food specials. Don’t feel obligated to go into all of the bars though, at the last bar we opted to just drink outside on our bike and got to know Niko a little bit better. Also, besides just pedaling to all of the different bars on your tour, your tour guide will make sure you have a good time. We played your typical college drinking game like Thunder and Flip Cup which really helped us to let loose and get to know the other people on our tour.
After your third and final bar stop, there is a truck that will come by to pick up the bike, so be prepared to walk back to the Nashville Pedal Tavern office if you parked there. Also don’t forget that your tour guide/bartender is in the tourist industry, so don’t forget to tip for great service!
All in all, we had such a blast during our time with Nashville Pedal Tavern, and we would totally do this all over again. I know that this is something that you can do in your hometown (we have pedal taverns in Houston), but I thought that it really let us see a different part of Nashville that we might not have experienced if we didn’t do the pedal tavern. We ended up liking the Midtown area so much that we went back there another day. Plus, you kind of got a little bit of a workout while you got your drink on!
What do you think, would you want to do a tour with Nashville Pedal Tavern on your trip to Music City?
Linking up with Bonnie at A Compass Rose, Lauren at Lauren on Location, and Courtney from Alkeks Abroad for the Travel Tuesday linkup!